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By Amelia Tarallo
This summer can only be described as beautiful. Most days have had the sun high in the sky and hot temperatures, making it the absolutely perfect weather for barbecues. On Wednesday, July 10, seniors came to the Center, excited to attend one of its famous cook-outs. This was one of four taking place over the course of the summer.
With the doors open, attendees had to decide if they wanted to enjoy the warm sunshine outdoors or the cool air conditioning inside. Some even split their time up, alternately sitting outside and then returning inside for their meal.
Guests were invited to start the party off with a social hour, during which they could catch-up with old friends. “Where’s your lovely wife?” one guest asked another as people poured into the dining room. Many went to grab their drink of choice at the bar.
“I haven’t made up my mind yet,” said one guest, weighing his options. He eventually decided on Sprite. Prior to the arrival of barbecue food, guests enjoyed munching on hors d’oeuvres of hummus, veggies, and cheeses.
Beyond the food and good company, there was also entertainment in the form of a band.
Guests could hear the band clearly no matter where they decided to sit, with the sound drifting through the dining hall from the outside. SPUR TRIO, the band of the night, played wonderful throwbacks to the 70s and 80s and delighted the crowd with its playful energy. The group had guests shouting for requests and quipping back and forth with bandmates. One listener whistled at the end of a song. “And it’s hard to do that with food in your mouth!” he exclaimed, emphasizing that he was enjoying the band’s tunes.
Following a cover of “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones, the band joked that attendees could also share their distaste for the music, as well. “Please feel free to throw food at us,” said one band member.
“I have a crouton” one audience member joked back.
Soon, it was time for guests to enjoy their dinner. Hamburgers and hot dogs galore were served, with onions, tomatoes and lettuce, along with condiments to make them even tastier. Some guests grabbed juicy slices of watermelon, as well, adding a sweet, cooling element to their plates.
For seniors, these barbecue evenings present a great opportunity to talk with old friends, listen and dance to some music, and to enjoy these long nights before summer ends.